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THE BEAT

May 26, 2020

In The News
Baldwin High School Announces Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Cara Bennett (Valedictorian) and Aisha Sobti (Salutatorian) have set the bar high at Baldwin High School. Both young ladies plan to continue their educational journey after graduation at Georgia Tech.
Cara was selected as the 2020 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for Baldwin County. During her time as a senior at Baldwin High School, she was a full-time dual enrollment student at Georgia College and took distance-learning math class at Georgia Tech. She earned 59 hours of college credit. She is a National Merit Finalist and an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honors. Cara serves as the secretary for the Baldwin High School Beta Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the math team and plays Bravettes Soccer.

During Aisha's time at Baldwin High School, she has made the honor roll and merit list, received first place in the school science fair and second place in the regional science fair. She is a member of BETA club and a historian of National Honor Society.  Aisah was also a full-time dual enrollment student at Georgia Military College and Georgia College where she obtained 61 credit hours in total. After graduating, Aisha plans to major in Economics at Georgia Tech.

We are very proud of these two exceptional students. We look forward to hearing about all the future accomplishments. Congratulations!
Valedictorian
Cara Bennett
Salutatorian
Aisha Sobti
Baldwin County School District Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

The week of May 4th-8th was Teacher Appreciation Week. During this week, we honored the phenomenal team of teachers we have here in the Baldwin County School District. This Teacher Appreciation Week came at a time when all educators are faced with the challenges that come with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been extraordinary to see teachers, staff, and administrators come together to continue to work hard to meet the needs of our students during these unprecedented times. We have an amazing group of professionals, and we applaud them for their passion and leadership. 

BCSD teachers are kind, patient, and hard-working professionals that do an outstanding job molding our students’ lives in a positive direction. They provide hope and stability to every child while understanding the profound influence you have on their lives. In addition to teaching the content skills and applications, they also provide students with the love, support, and kindness required to help them grow into successful adults. It is every day, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, that we are reminded that our teachers and support staff are making a tremendous impact educating our students and preparing them to be successful in life. 

This year Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated in a very unique way due to COVID-19. As a result, Baldwin County School administrators found creative ways to honor teachers during this special week.
#MidwayHillsProud

For Teacher Appreciation Week, Midway Hills Academy created signs for each teacher to place at their homes while participating in remote learning. These signs were decorated in school colors and proudly stated "Home of an Amazing Midway Hills Academy Teacher." Pictures were posted on social media with the hashtag #MidwayHillsProud.
The Early Learning Center

Mr. Arlin Brown, a teacher at The Early Learning Center, created a video on Loom for Teacher Appreciation Week. In the video he speaks words of encouragement to his fellow colleagues at the ELC and recites a quote from children's tv personality Mr. Rogers. To listen to the message click on the link below. Click here for full message
Midway Hills Primary's Super Teachers

Tara Burney, Principal of Midway Hills Primary, spent Teacher Appreciation Week visiting all her educators with a token of appreciation worthy of a true superhero. Signs that stated "A Superhero Teacher Lives Here" were distributed. Click here to view all photos
A Special Thank You from Oak Hill

Oak Hill Middle School kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week with special thank you gifts to teachers. Principal Daymond Ray and OHMS administrators handed out McAlister's Deli gift cards and served teachers ice cream as a gesture of appreciation for all their hard work.
Jay Wucher receives 2020 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Distinguished Career Award
Congratulations to Jay Wucher, Fine Arts Consultant for the Baldwin County Schools, for being named as the recipient of the 2020 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Distinguished Career Award. He has played an important role in Baldwin County being recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the nation for five consecutive years. Prior to coming to Baldwin County he served as a Fine Arts Consultant in Clarke County and held various roles in a three decade long career in the Fulton County School District in Atlanta, including teacher, department chair, Coordinator of Music Education, Coordinator of Magnet Programs, Executive Director of the system’s Charitable Fund and Executive Director of Curriculum K-12. 
Georgia College Early College Science Teacher Sharing the Energy
Mr. Claxton’s science classes have continued their ecology unit through distance learning. They wrapped up energy flow by analyzing, constructing, and describing an energy flow pyramid. They also used a whiteboard as a demonstration for how genetic variations in a species can help the species adapt to its environment.  
The Early Learning Center Demonstrates Love Through Technology
While students spent their time at home during remote learning, administration, faculty and staff of The Baldwin County Early Learning Center made sure to remind them that they are loved. Pictures and videos were posted weekly on social media sites as well as through Loom video screen recordings.
Lakeview Academy Virtual Wax Museum
Mrs. Crane and Miss Lynch's fourth grade class at Lakeview Academy did not let the coronavirus stop their annual 4th grade Wax Museum "Where History Comes To Life" They created a "Virtual Wax Museum" with the use of technology. The students prepared for the project for a month by reading, researching, and writing a paper about a famous person in history that was assigned to them. The culminating activity was their "Virtual Wax Museum". While safely participating in the shelter-in-place order, each student videoed themselves as their famous person from history and uploaded it into the class Flipgrid.
Midway Hills Academy Hosts Virtual Spirit Week
In an effort to lift the spirits of students, Midway Hills Academy hosted a Virtual Spirit Week. Both teachers and students participated in this event.
Midway Hills Primary Students Rewarded with Way to Glow Treat
Mrs. Bellflower was so proud of the hard work of her first graders as they continued to work diligently on their google classroom assignments. She rewarded her students with a "WAY TO GLOW" treat!  
Lakeview Primary Sends Sweet Message to Essential Workers
First graders at Lakeview Primary wanted to send a special thank you message to essential workers. Parents and LVP teachers collaborated and created a video. Click here to watch video
Oak Hill Middle School Students take
virtual field trips

The transition from in-person learning to remote learning didn't stop sixth grade classes at Oak Hill Middle School from experiencing other places far from home. Instead of getting on a bus or plane to visit a land, students took part in virtual field trips. Through virtual field trips, OHMS students were able to visit the Amazon Rainforest and Europe.
Baldwin High School Hosts Quarantine Poetry Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, observed every year in April, the Baldwin High School Media Center created its first Quarantine Poetry Contest for students, faculty & staff. Each student and teacher were encouraged to submit an original poem. The theme was Covid 19 - Quarantine-Your experience. Check out the winning poems.
School Board Recognitions
In March, we celebrated our school board members for School Board Appreciation Week as well as the school district's social worker, Ola Scott Little, for National Social Work Month.
Recognition of our "Friends of Baldwin" Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), Value Teacher, and Horace Mann.
Recognition of Chef Competition Winners Lalya Ingram, Kaitlyn Harrison, Shalisicia Boyer from OHMS and Miyonna Smith, and Markayal Freeman.
Recognition of Union Recorder's Black History Month Essay Contest Winners, Nathan Tchamna - 5th (Lakeview Academy) Peter Parham - 8th (OHMS) Braylen Howell - 9th (GCEC) (Pictured is Howell)
Recognition of Baldwin High School for being named as a
GaDOE Reward School.
Donate Now to Support our Schools!
The Baldwin Charter School System Foundation serves as the primary fundraising tool to fund the REACH Scholars program, providing thousands in scholarship opportunities for students who represent the first of their families to have the opportunity to attend college. The foundation also supports our employee and student recognition programs. Please support our schools, students, and teachers by making your tax- deductible contribution today.
Infinite Campus is the Baldwin County School District's new student information system and gaining access is easier than ever before. Simply follow the link to two videos that provide step by step instructions on how to create an account and login. You can also find this information by clicking the "Infinite Campus" link under the parents tab on www.baldwincountyschoolsga.org.

Download the MyStop App Today!
Never worry about where your child's bus is ever again! Thanks to new and innovative technology that the Baldwin County School District has invested in, parents of our students can now get real-time updates of their child's bus location through the MyStop app, available for download in the iTunes or Android marketplaces. 
MyStop provides parents, and parents only, a live look at their child's bus while in transit using GPS technology. Parents can see the exact location of the bus as it's moving along its route and can even provide an estimated time of arrival. 
District Social Media Links
Follow the links below to all of the social media networks for our respective schools in the district. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are the best ways to stay up to date with the latest news and happening in all of our schools. Give us a like or a follow and help share all the good news that is happening in the district every day!

Click the link below to access the Baldwin County Board of Education Board Meetings, Policies, Communications, and About Us. Our District Strategic Plan/School Improvement Plans are currently being revised for 2018-2023.     

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/index.aspx?S=4007



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